New Orleans Saints

Stadium: Mercedes-Benz Superdome | Coach: Sean Payton
Team RankingOverallRushingPassing
Offense1st108.9 (16th)317.1 (1st)
Defense27th101.6 (14th)273.8 (32nd)
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Roster
NoPlayerPosHeightWeightBirthdateExpCollege
 Allen, Jack C6-22969/24/19921Michigan State
50Anthony, Stephone OLB6-32457/28/19923Clemson
 Anzalone, Alex LB6-3240//RFlorida
72Armstead, Terron T6-53047/23/19915Arkansas-Pine Bluff
37Banjo, Chris CB5-102072/26/19904Southern Methodist
77Barnes, Khalif T6-63204/21/198212Washington
97Barrington, Sam (FA) LB6-124010/5/19905South Florida
48Bell, Vonn SS5-1120512/12/19942Ohio State
 Bighill, Adam LB5-1023010/16/1988RCentral Washington
40Breaux, Delvin CB6-119610/25/19893Louisiana State
9Brees, Drew QB6-02091/15/197917Purdue
 Bush, Rafael DB5-112035/12/19877South Carolina State
31Byrd, Jairus (FA) FS5-1020310/7/19869Oregon
38Cadet, Travaris RB6-12102/1/19896Appalachian State
39Calhoun, Taveze CB6-118812/26/19921Mississippi State
16Coleman, Brandon WR6-62256/22/19923Rutgers
46Crawley, Ken CB6-11802/8/19932Colorado
 Daniel, Chase QB6-022510/7/19869Missouri
95Davison, Tyeler DT6-23099/23/19923Fresno State
 Dominguez, Chase LS6-52127/9/1994RUtah
47Drescher, Justin (FA) LS6-12351/1/19888Colorado
 Dural, Travin WR6-120611/19/1993RLouisiana State
 Edmunds, Trey TE6-121612/30/1994RMaryland
59Ellerbe, Dannell OLB6-124511/29/19859Georgia
90Fairley, Nick DT6-43081/23/19887Auburn
42Feeney, Travis OLB6-422611/18/19921Washington
82Fleener, Coby TE6-62519/20/19886Stanford
11Fuller, Corey WR6-22006/23/19904Virginia Tech
79Fullington, John G6-53005/30/19912Washington State
 Ginn, Ted WR5-111804/12/198511Ohio State
 Grayson, Garrett QB6-22205/29/19912Colorado State
45Griffin, Garrett TE6-42403/4/19941Air Force
58Gwacham, Obum DE6-52463/20/19913Oregon State
 Harbor, Clay TE6-32407/2/19878Missouri State
41Harper, Roman (FA) SS6-120512/11/198212Alabama
30Harris, Erik DB6-32254/2/19902California (PA)
21Harris, De'Vante CB5-111906/30/19942Texas A&M
 Harris, Bryce T6-63001/16/19896Fresno State
 Hendrickson, Trey DE6-427012/5/1994RFlorida Atlantic
89Hill, Josh TE6-52505/21/19905Idaho State
 Hills, Tony (FA) T6-530411/4/19849Texas
84Hoomanawanui, Michael TE6-42657/4/19888Illinois
 Iddings, Drew G6-52903/16/1993RSouth Dakota
22Ingram, Mark RB5-921512/21/19897Alabama
94Jordan, Cameron DE6-42877/10/19897California
 Kamara, Alvin RB5-102157/25/1995RTennessee
65Kelemete, Senio G6-33005/10/19905Washington
49Keo, Shiloh (FA) DB5-1120812/17/19876Idaho
44Kikaha, Hau'oli OLB6-32467/24/19923Washington
 Klein, A.J. LB6-12407/30/19915Iowa State
 Kruger, Paul (FA) DE6-42702/15/19869Utah
29Kuhn, John FB6-02509/9/198212Shippensburg
19Lampman, Jake WR6-02056/11/19932Ferris State
36Lasco, Daniel RB6-020510/9/19922California
 Lattimore, Marshon CB6-01925/19/1996ROhio State
 Lawrence, Rashad WR6-21906/10/19921Northwestern
 Lawrence, Devaroe DT6-2303//RAuburn
 LeRibeus, Josh G6-23107/2/19895Southern Methodist
 Lee, Cameron G6-531212/28/1993RIllinois State
87Lewis, Tommylee WR5-716810/24/19922Northern Illinois
 Loewen, Mitchell DE6-5275//1Arkansas
3Lutz, Wil K5-111847/7/19942Georgia State
 Mabry, Ashaad DT6-331511/4/19921Texas-San Antonio
 Maulet, Arthur CB5-11190//RMemphis
56Mauti, Michael (FA) OLB6-22431/19/19905Penn State
7McCown, Luke (FA) QB6-42177/12/198114Louisiana Tech
24Moore, Sterling CB5-102022/3/19907Southern Methodist
6Morstead, Thomas P6-42353/8/19869Southern Methodist
 Muhammad, Al-Quadin DE6-3253//RMiami (Fla.)
23Murphy, Marcus RB5-919510/3/19913Missouri
 Okafor, Alex DE6-42612/8/19915Texas
93Onyemata, David DT6-330011/13/19922Manitoba (Canada)
75Peat, Andrus G6-731611/4/19933Stanford
 Peterson, Adrian RB6-12203/21/198511Oklahoma
86Phillips, John TE6-52516/11/19879Virginia
 Ramczyk, Ryan T6-631411/30/1993RWisconsin
98Rankins, Sheldon DT6-23054/2/19942Louisville
52Robertson, Craig OLB6-12342/11/19886North Texas
 Robinson-Woodgett, John FB6-2225//RMassachusetts
33Sanford, Jamarca (FA) SS5-102008/27/19859Mississippi
 Schmitt, Jesse LS6-22498/25/1992RPurdue
83Snead, Willie WR5-1119510/17/19923Ball State
 Stoneburner, Jake (FA) TE6-32618/25/19893Ohio State
64Strief, Zach T6-73209/22/198312Northwestern
54Stupar, Nate ILB6-22403/14/19885Penn State
27Swann, Damian CB6-018912/4/19923Georgia
55Tapp, Darryl DE6-12709/13/198412Virginia Tech
 Tautu, Sae LB6-32456/30/1992RBrigham Young
 Te'o, Manti LB6-12411/26/19915Notre Dame
35Therezie, Robenson FS5-92128/5/19913Auburn
 Thomas, Justin DB5-111793/15/1994RGeorgia Tech
13Thomas, Michael WR6-32123/3/19932Ohio State
 Tom, Cameron C6-42896/21/1995RSouthern Mississippi
57Trusnik, Jason (FA) LB6-42526/6/198410Ohio Northern
78Turner, Landon G6-33255/15/19932North Carolina
60Unger, Max C6-53054/14/19869Oregon
32Vaccaro, Kenny SS6-02142/15/19915Texas
 Warford, Larry G6-33176/18/19915Kentucky
 Williams, Jordan WR6-32285/9/19941Ball State
25Williams, P.J. CB6-01966/1/19933Florida State
 Williams, Marcus SAF6-11959/8/1996RUtah
24Wilson, Kyle (FA) DB5-101909/8/19878Boise State
 Zimmer, Justin DT6-329210/23/19921Ferris State
Roster Analysis
TeamOLine Avg. HtOLine Avg. WtDLine Avg. HtDLine Avg. WtAvg. AgeYoungestOldest
New Orleans6-4309.56-3289.226.22138
 
 
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Position Listing
Trey Hendrickson
No Updates
Landon Turner
No Updates
Ryan Ramczyk
No Updates
Senio Kelemete
No Updates
Tyeler Davison
News
Davison is scheduled for shoulder surgery on Thursday, NOLA.com reports.

Davison started 15 games at nose tackle for the Saints this season and logged the second-most snaps out of any defensive tackle in the league. However, he reportedly played through a torn labrum -- in addition to a separate foot injury -- since Week 4. Assuming the procedure goes well Thursday, Davison should be ready to go in time for the start of offseason activities.

Injury
Shoulder - Labrum - Questionable for the start of training camp
Terron Armstead
No Updates
Arthur Maulet
No Updates
Roman Harper
News
The Saints plan to use Harper in a part-time role, where he will be deployed closer to the line of scrimmage as a blitzer and open-field tackler, reports ESPN.com.

Although he racked up 73 tackles as a starter last year in Carolina, Harper's reduced role comes as no surprise, as he was largely signed to provide veteran depth behind oft-injured safety Jairus Byrd. Even if Harper makes the Saints' final roster -- no guarantee given the team's depth at the position -- he likely will have only minimal fantasy value.

Clay Harbor
News
Harbor signed a contract with the Saints on Monday, NOLA.com's Josh Katzenstein reports.

Despite being 30 years old, Harbor participated in the Saints' rookie minicamp over the weekend and flashed enough to land a contract. However, he enters a crowded tight end corps and will need to earn himself a roster spot ahead of the regular season opener.

Jack Allen
No Updates
Paul Kruger
News
Kruger had 25 tackles (19 solo) and 1.5 sacks in 16 games for the Saints last year. He also had one forced fumble and two fumble recoveries.

Hoping to catch lightning in a bottle, the Saints signed Kruger -- only two years removed from a 11-sack season in Cleveland -- a few days before the start of the season. While Kruger served as a useful real-life starter opposite Cameron Jordan, the veteran defensive end did little to warrant the attention of fantasy owners. A free agent this offseason, Kruger could still return to New Orleans, though the team will likely look to draft a young pass rusher even if he re-signs. Regardless, with only four total sacks over his last two seasons, Kruger is unlikely to be a contributor to fantasy teams in 2017 no matter where he lands this offseason.

Delvin Breaux
News
Breaux (shoulder) was placed on injured reserve Friday, Herbie Teope of The Times-Picayune reports.

Breaux was only able to play in six games this season due to a broken fibula and now a shoulder problem. He recorded 21 tackles and one pass deflection when available. Expect B.W. Webb and Ken Crawley to see more snaps in his absence.

Injury
Shoulder - Questionable for the start of training camp
Ken Crawley
News
Crawley (kneecap) was placed on injured reserve Saturday, Josh Katzenstein of The Times-Picayune reports.

This move is more so a formality with Crawley already expected to be out of commission for the next 6-to-8 weeks with a dislocated kneecap. Taveze Calhoun was promoted to the active roster Saturday in Crawley's place.

Injury
Kneecap - Questionable for the start of training camp
Justin Zimmer
No Updates
Mitchell Loewen
News
Loewen spent the 2016 season on the non-football injury list due to a foot injury, Evan Woodbury of NOLA.com reports.

Loewen signed with Saints in May as an undrafted free agent, but was spotted wearing a walking boot on his foot later that month. Ultimately, he was waived and placed on the non-football injury list. Loewen will look to secure a 53-man roster spot during the 2017 preaseason.

Injury
Foot - Questionable for the start of training camp
Cameron Jordan
News
Jordan had 58 tackles (40 solo), 7.5 sacks, and a fumble recovery in 16 games in 2016.

Jordan's 7.5-sack season may appear underwhelming at first glance, but his low sack total does not tell the whole story. Rather, the two-time Pro Bowler quietly excelled as both a pass rusher and run defender in 2016. His 58 tackles ranked seventh in the NFL among defensive ends, and Jordan tied for the NFL lead with 16 tackles for loss. He also ranked in the top 10 with 21 quarterback hits and five batted passes. In fact, the scouting service Pro Football Focus consistently ranked Jordan among the top edge rushers in the NFL all season. Jordan is still in his prime -- he will be 28 years old in July -- and should be one of the top defensive ends off the board in IDP leagues next season.

Trey Edmunds
No Updates
Cameron Lee
No Updates
Nate Stupar
News
Stupar made seven tackles (all solo) and forced a fumble that he would also recover in Sunday's win against the 49ers.

A week after making a diving interception, Stupar again made the most of his opportunities. With James Laurinaitis (quadriceps) being placed in Injured Reserve and Dannell Ellerbe (quadriceps) suffering a setback in his injury recovery, Stupar should continue to see significant playing time and he has quietly averaged seven tackles per games over the Saints' last five contests. He's worth a look in many IDP leagues.

Jordan Williams
News
Williams signed a reserve/future contract with the Saints earlier this month, reports the New Orleans Times-Picayune.

Williams, who is listed at 6-2, 216 pounds, played at Ball State and joined the Saints as an undrafted free agent last season. He spent time in training camp with the Saints before signing with the practice squad in September 2016. Williams will compete for a roster spot next season but is not expected to be a fantasy contributor.

Josh LeRibeus
No Updates
Michael Mauti
News
Mauti, who has dealt with ulcerative colitis since his senior year at Penn State, hopes to return in 2017 following three surgeries, Mike Triplett of ESPN.com reports.

Mauti is currently a free agent and is progressing through his recovery, but he has remained in touch with the Saints while he continues to gain weight in hopes of returning to his usual playing weight. He's still limited in terms of physical activity, but he's expecting to resume full training sometime in May.

Injury
Illness - Questionable for the start of training camp
Daniel Lasco
News
Lasco gained 32 yards on 11 carries and added two catches for 11 yards in seven games in 2016.

Lasco was one of the last players to claim a roster spot out of training camp, but the seventh-round draft pick was limited by injuries during much of his rookie campaign and had only minimal offensive impact. Still, the ultra-athletic running back remains an intriguing dynasty prospect. Starter Mark Ingram will almost certainly return in 2017, but both Tim Hightower and Travaris Cadet will be unrestricted free agents this offseason, which could open the door for Lasco to play a larger role in the Saints offense next season.

Justin Thomas
No Updates
Sam Barrington
News
Barrington signed a contract with the Saints on Wednesday, Herbie Teope of the New Orleans Times-Picayune reports.

A seventh-round pick by the Packers in the 2013 NFL Draft, Barrington spent his first three seasons in Green Bay, before signing with the Chiefs at the start of the 2016 campaign. However, he only took the field for two games with the Chiefs before being waived, as the team had more pressing needs and Barrington was unable to impress in limited action. That said, the Saints needed some additional help at middle linebacker with James Laurinaitis (quad) heading to IR, so look for Barrington to offer some much needed depth.

Vonn Bell
News
Bell had 87 tackles (61 solo), one sack, two forced fumbles, and a fumble recovery in 16 games in 2016.

Bell did not play a single snap in Week 1, but the rookie's role quickly grew and he actually replaced Jairius Byrd as the Saints' starting free safety in Week 4. Byrd is a potential cap casualty this offseason, but even if he returns to New Orleans, Bell should return as the starter in 2017.

Obum Gwacham
News
Gwacham has generated some buzz this offseason, according to Mike Triplett of ESPN.com, and with Hau'oli Kikaha suffering a potentially season-ending knee injury, Gwacham is a candidate to replace him as a starter at defensive end.

Gwacham is a raw, developmental athlete who was drafted by the Seahawks in the sixth round out of Oregon State last year. He signed with the Saints after being waived by the Seahawks at the end of the 2015 preseason, and appeared in nine games for New Orleans, recording eight tackles, two forced fumbles and two and a half sacks. It's possible that the Saints will sign a veteran free agent to replace Kikaha, but Gwacham is an intriguing young talent who could make some noise in IDP leagues if he is able to secure the starting defensive end job opposite Cameron Jordan.

Injury
Undisclosed - Questionable for the start of training camp
Travaris Cadet
News
Cadet will have to compete with 2017 third-round selection Alvin Kamara for snaps on passing downs, Nick Underhill of The New Orleans Advocate reports.

The Saints surrendered a 2018 second-round pick to move up for Kamara, who caught 40 passes for 392 yards and four touchdowns last season at the University of Tennessee while serving as the lightning to Jalen Hurd's thunder. The team made far less of an investment in Cadet, who re-signed on a one-year contract with a signing bonus of only $80,000. While he'll likely get a shot to retain his pass-catching role, Cadet could find himself on the wrong side of the roster bubble if Kamara impresses during training camp and the preseason. Kamara, Mark Ingram and Adrian Peterson are locks for the final roster, potentially leaving Cadet to compete with Daniel Lasco and Marcus Murphy for a spot that could be decided on the basis of special teams value.

Garrett Grayson
News
Grayson signed a reserve/future contract with the Saints earlier this month, reports the New Orleans Times-Picayune.

Grayson was the Saints' third-round pick in the 2015 NFL Draft, but he spent the past season on the team's practice squad after failing to crack the final 53-man roster out of training camp. The 6-2, 220-pound quarterback out of Colorado State has not developed as quickly as the Saints have hoped, and he will presumably be given one last chance to earn a roster spot as Drew Brees' backup next season.

Jairus Byrd
News
Byrd will be released by the Saints at the start of free agency, NFL Network's Ian Rapaport reports.

Despite his production on the field, Byrd's price tag ultimately became too big of a burden for the Saints. The eight-year vet was slated to earn $7.9 million this year and $22.9 million over the next three years. Byrd tallied 82 tackles in 2016, but with the emergence of Von Bell in the secondary, New Orleans decided to part ways with the 30-year-old sooner rather than later.

A.J. Klein
News
Klein signed a three-year, $15 million contract with the Saints on Thursday, Mike Triplett of ESPN reports.

Klein was expected to sign with the Saints, but had to wait until the new league year began on Thursday to make the deal official. Klein backed up Luke Kuechly during his time with the Panthers and will now be looking for a larger role in New Orleans. The Saints were a middle-of-the-pack rushing defense in 2016 and will look to Klein to provide a run-stuffing threat in the middle of the defense.

Manti Te'o
News
Te'o (Achilles) has agreed to a two-year deal with the Saints, ESPN.com's Mike Triplett reports.

Looking to bounce back from a torn Achilles suffered in September, the 26-year-old linebacker will join a Saints defense that seemingly has bigger issues than its linebacking corps. While there appears to be ample competition at the position, the Saints don't have any proven standout performers, which means Te'o should at least have the opportunity to compete for a starting job. He started 34 of his 38 games during a four-year run in San Diego, with injuries limiting him to 13 or fewer appearances each season, though he still averaged 5.8 tackles per game.

Injury
Achilles - Questionable for the start of training camp
Drew Brees
News
Head coach Sean Payton said Brees plans to play for two-to-four more seasons, NOLA.com's Larry Holder reports.

Brees celebrated his 38th birthday two weeks after the end of the 2016 season -- a campaign in which he threw for 5,208 yards and 37 touchdowns. There was talk of his decline early in the 2015 season, but he 's since proven beyond a shadow of doubt that he's still one of the best quarterbacks in the league. As always, the Saints are looking to rebuild their defense in the offseason, hoping to put a competitive roster around Brees for the first time since 2013. The team did trade wideout Brandin Cooks to the Patriots, but with Michael Thomas and Willie Snead joined out wide by free-agent signing Tedd Ginn, the 38-year-old quarterback shouldn't have any trouble finding open receivers. He should have at least two or three more years left in the tank, assuming he wants to keep playing.

Ashaad Mabry
News
The Saints will release safety Kenny Phillips and defensive tackle Ashaad Mabry, according to ESPN.com.
John Fullington
No Updates
Travin Dural
No Updates
Rashad Lawrence
News
Lawrence signed a reserve/future contract with the Saints on Tuesday, Herbie Teope of The Times-Picayune reports.

Lawrence spent time with the Jaguars practice squad in 2016 but he never managed to see any game action. He'll look to secure a spot at the bottom of the Saints' receiving depth chart in 2017.

Jesse Schmitt
No Updates
Garrett Griffin
News
Griffin signed a reserve/future contract with the Saints earlier this month, reports the New Orleans Times-Picayune.

Griffin originally joined the Saints in early June 2016 following a successful tryout during rookie minicamp in May. The 6-4, 240-pound tight end, who played collegiately at the U.S. Air Force Academy, spent most of the season on the team's practice squad after failing to crack the final 53-man roster out of training camp. Griffin will compete for a roster spot next season as the Saints' third-string tight end behind Coby Fleener and Josh Hill.

Taveze Calhoun
News
Calhoun was promoted to the active roster Saturday, Josh Katzenstein of The Times-Picayune reports.

Calhoun hasn't played a professional snap, but that could change Sunday against the Falcons since the Saints are dealing with a hefty amount of injuries to their secondary. The rookie received the promotion because Ken Crawley (kneecap) was placed on injured reserve Saturday.

Brandon Coleman
News
Coleman has signed a one-year, $615,000 tender with the Saints, Josh Katzenstein of NOLA.com reports.

Coleman will stay in New Orleans through the 2017 season. The third-year wideout was relatively quiet in the passing game last year, recording 26 catches for 281 yards and three touchdowns. Coleman was more valuable in the rushing game, where he served, and will continue to serve, as one of New Orleans' best run-blocking wide receivers.

Josh Hill
News
Hill (leg) was present at the Saints' training facility Monday for the start of the team's offseason workout program, reports Josh Katzenstein of the Times-Picayune. Hill broke his fibula last December was finished the season on injured reserved.

In addition to his broken leg, Hill was also sidelined early in the season with a sprained ankle. In all, the tight end appeared in only nine games in 2016, finishing with 15 receptions for 149 yards and a touchdown. While his overall numbers were underwhelming, Hill quietly become a key member of the Saints offense as a versatile blocker and occasional pass catcher in his fourth season. In fact, he was playing about 66 percent of New Orleans' snaps over the seven games before he suffered the season-ending injury -- a likely contributing factor to fellow tight end Coby Fleener's disappointing first year in New Orleans. Assuming Hill is at full strength, which is likely given the nature of his injury, he should again see significant playing time for the Saints.

Injury
Lower Leg - Questionable for the start of training camp
Chase Dominguez
No Updates
Sterling Moore
News
Moore signed a one-year contract with the Saints on Tuesday, Jenna Laine of ESPN.com reports.

Moore will remain in New Orleans, where he recorded 56 tackles, 13 pass deflections and two interceptions through 13 games last season. He'll likely compete with Delvin Breaux and P.J. Williams for a starting gig at cornerback.

Nick Fairley
News
Fairley signed a four-year, $30 million contract with the Saints on Thursday, Ian Rapoport of NFL Network reports.

Fairley was signed to a one-year deal with New Orleans last season and he produced career-highs with 43 tackles and 6.5 sacks. His deal locks him up with the team through his age 33 season. Expect Fairley to start along the Saints defensive line once again in 2017.

Michael Thomas
News
Thomas reported for OTAs at 220 pounds, up from last year's playing weight of 210, John DeShazier of the Saints' official site reports.

Players often add significant muscle mass during their first full offseason in an NFL strength program, and it seems the 6-foot-3 Thomas has filled out his frame to what's essentially the ideal size for a wide receiver. Coming off one of the most productive campaigns by a rookie pass catcher in league history, Thomas is locked in as the top option in a prolific aerial attack that downgraded from Brandin Cooks to Ted Ginn on the opposite side. While the team may try to run more often after adding Adrian Peterson to the backfield, Thomas and Willie Snead shouldn't lack for targets in an offense that's attempted 650 or more passes in each of the last seven seasons. Even if the Saints drop that number closer to 600, as they presumably hope to, Thomas should have a high enough target share to ensure that volume isn't a problem.

Sae Tautu
No Updates
John Phillips
News
Phillips will re-sign with the team for the 2017 season, Nick Underhill of The Advocate reports.

Phillips was claimed by the Saints in November of 2016 after being released by the Broncos. In eight appearances with the team, he recorded five catches for 32 yards. He'll look to build on that performance as he continues in his role as a depth tight end in 2017.

Zach Strief
No Updates
Kyle Wilson
News
The Saints have placed Wilson (undisclosed) on IR, the New Orleans Times-Picayune reports.

In his first season with the Saints, Wilson recorded 27 tackles and a pick in 15 games (including four starts) in 2015. While the 2010 first-rounder isn't much of an IPD factor, his injury does represent a hit to the Saints' depth at cornerback. Replacing Wilson on the team's active roster will be defensive tackle C.J. Wilson, who signed with New Orleans on Friday.

Injury
Undisclosed - Questionable for the start of training camp
Craig Robertson
News
Robertson had 115 tackles (71 solo), one sack, one interception, and two fumble recoveries in 15 games in 2016.

In his first season in New Orleans, Robertson surprisingly led the Saints in tackles, starting at outside linebacker to start the year while Dannell Ellerbe was hurt and later at middle linebacker when James Laurinaitis succumbed to injury. Robertson's production waned at the end of the season, perhaps as a result of a nagging shoulder injury, but the versatile linebacker is under contract for the next two seasons and should compete for a starting role in 2017.

Damian Swann
News
Swann (undisclosed) was placed on season-ending IR Wednesday, Herbie Teope of NOLA.com reports.

Swann took a trip to Philadelphia two days ago to have an undisclosed injury evaluated. It's relatively unknown what the 23-year-old is dealing with, but there is some speculation that it could be a muscle-induced injury. Swann was expected to serve as a depth corner for the Saints in 2016. Cortland Finnegan and Brian Dixon are likely to see a boost in playing time during his absence.

Injury
Undisclosed - Questionable for the start of training camp
Adrian Peterson
News
Peterson (knee) is signing a two-year contract with the Saints, ESPN.com's Adam Schefter reports.

Eventually willing to lower his asking price, Peterson likely was enticed by the idea of playing with Drew Brees, as the 32-year-old running back has spent most of his career stuck alongside mediocre or sub-par quarterbacks. While the New Orleans offense does provide ample scoring opportunities, Peterson will have to compete against Mark Ingram for carries, with Travaris Cadet likely chipping in on passing downs. This isn't an ideal situation for Peterson in terms of expected workload, but he could thrive on a per-carry basis as part of a New Orleans offense led by Brees, Ingram and wideouts Michael Thomas and Willie Snead. The Saints allotted 133 carries and 26 targets to last year's backup running back, Tim Hightower, even though Ingram didn't miss any games. Ingram did sit out at least three games, but no more than five, in each of the previous three years. Peterson should be back to full health before training camp -- if he isn't already -- coming off a season in which a torn meniscus and an adductor strain limited him to only 37 carries for 72 yards in three games.

Justin Drescher
No Updates
P.J. Williams
News
Williams has been fully cleared for the start of the Saints' offseason workout program, Herbie Teope of the New Orleans Times-Picayune reports.

Williams' problems with a concussion saw him placed on injured reserve after playing just two games last season. After that extended period of rest, the 23-year-old has thankfully rid himself of any symptoms, thus clearing him to rejoin his teammates to start this offseason. As it stands, Williams is projected to start at cornerback for the Saints, but it'd be shocking if the team didn't add competition at the position before training camp kicks off.

Corey Fuller
News
Fuller (coach's decision) is inactive for Sunday's Week 17 tilt versus the Falcons, the team's official site reports.

Fuller will take a seat for the second time in the two weeks since he joined the Saints. The usual foursome of Brandin Cooks, Willie Snead, Michael Thomas and Brandon Coleman will serve as Drew Brees' top wideout targets.

Stephone Anthony
News
Anthony (knee) was placed on injured reserve Tuesday, ESPN.com's Mike Triplett reports.

The placement on IR spells the end of a disappointing season for Anthony, who logged just 16 tackles in 10 games after turning in a 112-tackle rookie campaign. Coach Sean Payton indicated that Anthony needed to make significant improvement with his read and recognition skills in order to challenge for a starting role in 2017, so he'll face some pressure entering training camp next fall.

Injury
Knee - Questionable for the start of training camp
Ted Ginn
News
Head coach Sean Payton said he has a clear vision for how the team will use Ginn, the Saints' official site reports. "I see [Ginn] playing at flanker," said Payton. "I see him being a guy that can take the top off the coverage. I like what this guy does."

It sounds like Ginn will have a spot on the outside across from Michael Thomas in three-wide formations, with Willie Snead manning the slot. The plan could change if the Saints use a high draft pick on a receiver, but the team is expected to go defense-heavy in the early rounds. In addition to his key role in the offense, Ginn likely will be in the mix for punt and/or kick return duties, an area in which he provided much value earlier in his career. Although he'll celebrate his 32nd birthday prior to the 2017 draft, Ginn is still one of the fastest receivers in the league, and he's become more of a threat on offense over the past few seasons.

Erik Harris
News
Harris will participate in the Saints' offseason conditioning program, reports ESPN's Mike Triplett. He is also expected to be a full-go in time for training camp after tearing his ACL this past October.

Harris, who spent the prior three years in the Canadian Football League, earned a roster spot with New Orleans last year but appeared in only four games, netting one tackle before suffering a season-ending knee injury. Even if Harris is able to return from injury at full strength, he will have to compete for a roster spot at a crowded safety position.

Injury
Knee - ACL - Questionable for the start of training camp
Michael Hoomanawanui
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Hoomanawanui (ankle) has been cleared to take part in the Saints' offseason workout program, which begins Monday, Herbie Teope of the New Orleans Times-Picayune reports.

The veteran tight end missed the entire 2016 season with a high-ankle injury, which he suffered during the Saints' third preseason game. It appears that having the last seven months off has provided ample recovery time for Hoomanawanui, who logged 11 catches for 79 yards and three touchdowns in his last healthy campaign with the Saints in 2015. He'll likely offer most of his impact as a blocker if he's able to secure a roster spot out of training camp this fall.

Jamarca Sanford
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Sanford has been placed on injured reserve with an undisclosed injury, ESPN.com reports.

Sanford has missed nearly the entire offseason with an injury, although the specifics surrounding it remain unclear. He's been placed on injured reserve and will miss the 2016-17 season, although he could be released by the team on an injury settlement. Sanford was slated to be a depth option at safety during the upcoming season, as both Kenny Vaccaro and Jairus Byrd are likely locked into the starting lineup.

Injury
Undisclosed - Questionable for the start of training camp
Rafael Bush
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Bush agreed to terms with the Saints on Thursday, Josh Katzenstein of NOLA.com reports.

Bush played for the Saints from 2012-15, but spent last season with the Lions, starting four games and playing the remaining 12 as the team's No. 3 safety. He recorded 53 tackles and two interceptions, returning one of them for a touchdown. Bush is 30 years old, and while he may not start ahead of Kenny Vaccaro and Vonn Bell, he should still see a significant amount of snaps and act as a veteran presence on New Orleans defense.

Mark Ingram
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With the Saints signing Adrian Peterson (knee) last week-and drafting tailback Alvin Kamara in the third round of the NFL Draft, The Times-Picayune's Larry Holder speculates that the team's likely plan is to deploy a three-headed attack at running back similar to the Saints' potent 2009 and 2011 backfields.

Both the 2009 and 2011 teams finished sixth in the league in rushing, but head coach Sean Payton's three-man committees were a nightmare for fantasy owners, with no Saints running back scoring more than six touchdowns or rushing for 800 yards. This year, it is expected that Ingram and Peterson will serve as the more traditional running backs, running between the tackles, while Kamara will compete with Travaris Cadet to be the third-down or satellite back. However, it is still unclear how the touches between the backs will be divided. After rushing for a career-high 1,043 yards and scoring ten total touchdowns, Ingram is likely to see the most snaps given his familiarity with the Saints' system, but he will undoubtedly lose carries to Peterson and receptions to Kamara or Cadet, hampering his value.

Alex Anzalone
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The Saints selected Anzalone in the third round of the 2017 NFL Draft, 76th overall.

Anzalone is a bit of a durability worry, but when healthy he was a standout contributor on Florida's dominant defense. He's a very good athlete at the least, running a 4.63-second 40 at 6-foot-3, 241 pounds. He's not necessarily likely to start as a rookie, but the Saints are weak enough at linebacker that it shouldn't be ruled out.

Larry Warford
No Updates
Adam Bighill
No Updates
Tommylee Lewis
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Lewis finished the 2016 season with seven receptions for 76 yards and three carries for 11 yards. He also had 152 yards on eight kickoff returns and 160 yards on 14 punt returns.

Lewis made the Saints' final 53-man roster out of training camp as an undrafted free agent from Northern Illinois. Although he's listed at only five-foot-seven, Lewis is an explosive athlete who lined up all over the field for the Saints. He particularly excelled as a returner, averaging over 11 yards per punt return and 19 yards per kickoff return. Lewis faces an uphill battle for playing time due to a crowded wide receiver depth chart, but the diminutive dynamo should enter the offseason as the favorite to return kicks for the Saints in 2017.

Shiloh Keo
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Keo was cut by the Saints on Monday, ESPN's Field Yates reports.

Keo, who operated near-exclusively on special teams last season, re-signed with the Saints on a one-year deal back in March at the veteran minimum. Fortunately, the five-year veteran still has plenty of time to land another contract before team training camps start up in late July.

Marcus Murphy
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Murphy appeared in only three games in 2016, gaining 105 yards on seven kickoff returns and 57 yards on six punt returns. He also caught one pass for three yards but did not receive a carry.

The writing is probably on the wall for Murphy, the Saints' seventh-round draft pick in 2015, who was last seen fumbling a kickoff out of bounds at the one-yard line in Week 11 last season. Murphy showed some flashes in the return game, but he is unlikely to return to New Orleans in 2017.

Jake Lampman
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Lampman (coach's decision) is inactive for Sunday's Week 17 tilt versus the Falcons, the team's official site reports.

Lampman finds himself with his usual inactive designation, with Brandin Cooks, Willie Snead, Michael Thomas and Brandon Coleman all active for the Saints.

Jason Trusnik
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Trusnik signed a contract Wednesday with the Saints, Tom Pelissero of USA Today reports.

Trusnik will provide the Saints with some depth at outside linebacker, but he's expected to make his biggest impact with New Orleans' special teams units. The 32-year-old has been out of the NFL this season after appearing in eight games with the Vikings in 2015.

Tony Hills
No Updates
David Onyemata
No Updates
Willie Snead
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Snead reported Monday for the start of the Saints' offseason program, ESPN's Mike Triplett reports.

Snead rejoined his teammates, despite not having signed his exclusive-rights tender, which would earn him only $615,000 this season. After catching 141 passes for 1,879 yards and seven touchdowns in two seasons since entering the league, he's clearly more valuable than that -- especially to the Saints, who traded wideout Brandin Cooks this offseason. With that in mind, Snead has decided to show faith in the belief he and New Orleans can reach a long-term deal in the near future, thus making any holdout from team activities unnecessary.

John Robinson-Woodgett
No Updates
Sheldon Rankins
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Rankins strained his Achilles in Sunday's loss to the Falcons but should be ready for offseason work, John Katzenstein of the Times-Picayune reports.

Rankins, who suffered a leg injury during training camp this season, spent half of the season on the sideline, but was able to return to the field in Week 9. In nine games with the team, the first-round pick notched 20 tackles, four sacks, and one forced fumble. He'll now turn his focus to returning from the Achilles injury in time for offseason workouts.

Injury
Achilles - Questionable for the start of training camp
Kenny Vaccaro
News
Vaccaro has been suspended for violating the NFL's PED policy and will miss the remainder of the regular season.

Vaccaro has been suspended for four games and decided to serve the suspension immedietly rather than fight it to avoid it possibly carrying over to next season. If the Saints manage to make the playoffs he'll be eligible to play then. Vaccaro will wrap up the regular season with 51 tackles, five passes defensed, two interceptions, two forced fumbles, and one sack in 11 games played.

Robenson Therezie
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Therezie was released by the Falcons on Thursday, the team's official site reports.

Therezie had spent the last two seasons with the Falcons, recording 26 tackles in 25 games.

Chase Daniel
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Daniel signed a contract with the Saints on Wednesday, Adam Schefter of ESPN reports.

Daniel was cut by the Eagles two weeks ago, just one year into a three-year, $21 million contract with the team. His deal with New Orleans is believed to be for just one season. He'll compete with Luke McCown and Garrett Grayson for the top backup position behind starting quarterback Drew Brees.

Devaroe Lawrence
No Updates
De'Vante Harris
No Updates
Cameron Tom
No Updates
Luke McCown
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The Saints plan to release McCown on Wednesday, Josh Katzenstein of the New Orleans Times-Picayune reports.

McCown became expendable following the Saints' offseason signing of Chase Daniel, who will serve as the top backup to Drew Brees during the upcoming season. With Brees starting every game in 2016, McCown failed to see the field. The 35-year-old will look to find a home elsewhere as a depth option.

Jake Stoneburner
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The Saints opted to release Stoneburner on Monday, The New Orleans Advocate reports.

Stoneburner signed a reserve/future contract with the team following the conclusion of the 2017 season. Prior to the that, he was signed to the team's practice squad due to a rash of injuries at the position. The Ohio State product entered the league in 2012 as an undrafted free agent. Along with the Saints, he has spent time with the Packers, Dolphins, and Rams.

John Kuhn
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Kuhn re-signed to a one-year deal with the Saints on Friday, Herbie Teope of NOLA.com reports.

Kuhn, who will turn 35 at the beginning of the upcoming season, is returning to New Orleans for at least one more season. The veteran fullback totaled 37 yards and four touchdowns on 18 carries to go along with 16 receptions for 70 yards and a touchdown in his first season with the team. He doesn't receive a ton of touches, but has solidified himself as goal line threat and safety blanket for Drew Brees, which does raise his fantasy value for deeper leagues.

Wil Lutz
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Lutz made 28-of-34 field goals and 49-of-50 extra points in 2016.

Lutz capped an eventful rookie season by making 33 consecutive successful kicks -- 13 field goals and 20 extra points -- which came came on the heels of a stretch that included two blocks returned for scores, including the game-deciding points in a loss to the Broncos. Backed by the Saints' high-powered offense, which led the league in yards per game and was second in scoring, Lutz finished fifth among kickers in total scoring in 2016. With a booming leg and, presumably, another year with quarterback Drew Brees at the helm of the offense, Lutz should again be a fantasy asset in 2017.

Bryce Harris
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Harris signed a contract with the Saints on Monday, Herbie Teope of NOLA.com reports.

Harris attended the Saints' three-day rookie minicamp on a tryout basis and showed enough potential to land a contract. He'll look to secure a depth role, likely at tackle, ahead of the season opener.

Marcus Williams
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The Saints selected Williams in the second round of the 2017 NFL Draft, 42nd overall.

Williams was a ballhawk on a tough Utah defense, finishing 2016 with five interceptions. He went on to show well at the Combine, running a 4.56-second 40-yard dash at 6-foot-1, 202 pounds, adding a 43.5-inch vertical and 129-inch broad jump. He might not play much as a rookie with Kenny Vaccaro and Vonn Bell already at safety in New Orleans.

Alvin Kamara
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According to head coach Sean Payton, Kamara was one of the few running backs the Saints targeted in the draft because of his "unique traits as a 'joker' back or a running back that we would do some things uniquely different with." The Saints traded away a 2018 second-round pick to move back into the third round of last week's NFL Draft and select Kamara with the 67th overall pick.

Payton explained that with both Mark Ingram and the recently signed Adrian Peterson in the fold, New Orleans was not looking to draft another "pure running back." Rather, the team sought a player that could fit a pass-catching role similar to the one once occupied by Reggie Bush and Darren Sproles in some of Payton's most dynamic offenses. At 5-foot-10, 215-pounds, Kamara doesn't have the build of a traditional starting running back, but he flashed explosive skills in college and impressed Payton during workouts with his route-running ability and receiving chops. While it's probably unrealistic to expect Kamara to post Bush- or Sproles-like production -- Bush caught 88 passes as a rookie in 2006 and Sproles caught 86, 75 and 71 passes in his three seasons with the Saints from 2011-13 -- the rookie should at least beat out incumbent third-down running back Travaris Cadet for a part-time role as pass-catching back and hurry-up specialist.

Khalif Barnes
No Updates
Andrus Peat
No Updates
Hau'oli Kikaha
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Kikaha (knee) was present for the beginning of the Saints' offseason workout program Monday, Josh Katzenstein of The New Orleans Times-Picayune reports.

Kikaha missed all of last season after suffering his third torn ACL since starting college at Washington in 2010. That unfortunate occurrence followed an impressive rookie campaign in which Kikaha finished with 52 tackles, four sacks, and four fumbles forced. Although the Saints will rightfully be cautious with Kikaha going forward, having him participate in offseason workouts represents the first step in ensuring he returns to the fold this season.

Injury
Knee - Questionable for the start of training camp
Thomas Morstead
No Updates
Travis Feeney
News
Feeney was signed by the Saints on Friday, Herbie Teope of NOLA.com reports.

Feeney was a sixth-round pick in the 2016 NFL Draft for the Steelers, and has spent a majority of the season on their practice squad. He'll provide depth at linebacker in New Orleans, but he doesn't figure to have much IDP relevance at this point.

Coby Fleener
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Head coach Sean Payton expects Fleener to improve in his second year with the Saints, NOLA.com's Larry Holder reports.

Signed to a five-year, $36 million contract last offseason, Fleener ultimately struggled with the same kind of inconsistency that plagued him throughout his four-year stint in Indianapolis. His mark of 12.6 yards per reception was strong for his position, but he only scored four total touchdowns while catching 50 of 82 targets (61 percent), which is far below expectations for the top tight end in a Drew Brees offense. Perhaps most discouraging, Fleener was a total non-factor toward the end of the season, catching eight passes for 84 yards over the final four weeks. It's reasonable to expect some improvement in his second year in the New Orleans attack, but Fleener has never been particularly efficient on a per-target basis, despite benefiting from strong quarterback play throughout his career.

Drew Iddings
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Iddings signed a contract with the Saints on Monday, NOLA.com's Herbie Teope reports.

Iddings showed up to the Saints' rookie minicamp as a defensive end last weekend, but the release of OL Collin Buchanan prompted the Saints to experiment with Iddings on the offensive side of the ball. He evidently impressed enough natural talent to earn a contract as an offensive guard.

Darryl Tapp
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Tapp re-signed with the Saints on Thursday, Larry Holder of The Times-Picayune reports.

Tapp will be entering his 12th NFL season in 2017. In 2016, his first year with New Orleans, Tapp played in all 16 games, recording 17 tackles, including 0.5 sacks. He'll likely be a backup player once again in the upcoming campaign.

Chris Banjo
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Banjo agreed to a two-year contract extension with the Saints on Tuesday, Mike Garafolo of NFL.com reports.

Banjo opened the 2016 season with the Packers. However, he was eventually released by the team with an injury settlement and ended up signing with the Saints in November once he was back to full strength. He went on to play in seven games for the Saints, logging five total tackles. Banjo does most of his work on special teams, however, which likely will keep his fantasy outlook low heading into the 2017 campaign.

Max Unger
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Unger (foot) is now expected to return during the preseason, Mike Florio of NBC Sports reports.

This is in stark contrast to recent reports from Ian Rapoport of NFL Network that Unger would be on the Physically Unable to Perform list at the start of the regular season after undergoing foot surgery last weekend. Unger's return to action prior to the regular season commencing would be a huge turn of events for the Saints, as he is a leader along the offensive line and they lack depth along the interior portion of their front five.

Injury
Foot - Questionable for the start of training camp
Alex Okafor
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Okafor agreed to a deal with the Saints on Tuesday, Josh Katzenstein of NOLA.com reports.

Okafor spent the last four seasons in Arizona, where he played outside linebacker in the Cardinals' 3-4 scheme. He recorded 13 tackles, 3.5 sacks and one forced fumble in 2016, and should provide needed help for the Saints at defensive end opposite Cameron Jordan. It is still possible that New Orleans will draft a defensive end with one of its two first-round picks in this year's draft, so it remains to be seen what Okafor's exact role will be this coming season.

Dannell Ellerbe
News
Ellerbe (foot) was active for Sunday's game against the Falcons.

Per usual, Ellerbe was listed as questionable on the Saints' injury report but was ultimately cleared to play. He finished the game with six total tackles and one pass defensed.

Marshon Lattimore
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The Saints selected Lattimore in the first round of the 2017 NFL Draft, 11th overall.

The Saints got lucky here, snagging the draft's top cornerback prospect at anywhere from eight to six spots later than he was almost universally expected to go. Their pass defense could certainly use some help, and now they get the best they could have asked for. As a corner, however, Lattimore is unlikely to make an IDP impact

Al-Quadin Muhammad
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The Saints selected Muhammad in the sixth round of the 2017 NFL Draft, 196th overall.

Muhammad (6-foot-3, 253 pounds) is an edge defender who showed promise early in his Miami (FL) career before character issues derailed his college career. He was dismissed from the team for the 2016 season and didn't play elsewhere, which may have contributed to his disappointing workout numbers (4.88-second 40-yard dash).

 

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